South America

Chiloé Island

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 in Chile

Enjoyed a fantastic couple of days on Chiloé Island. The colourful wooden buildings, houses on stilts (palofitos), scenery and seafood were all fantastic. Nearly all the houses and buildings in colonial Chiloe were built with wood, and wood shingles were used extensively for siding & roofs. So many of the houses today still have the same construction, and painted in bright colours.

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La Paz, Bolivia

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 in Bolivia

In La Paz, Bolivia for just a couple of days … unfortunately. Would love to stay longer in Bolivia, it’s a beautiful country. A few images from today which included 3 cable car rides above the city, a visit to Witches’ Market in El Alto, and people watching on so many streets.

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‎Machu Picchu‬ – Success!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 in Peru

 After strikes and train delays I have finally made it to Machu Picchu. It was worth all the delays and adventures to get here.
We lined up at 4am to get on the first bus heading up to Machu Picchu, and we were near the front of the line, so when the gates opened at 6am we were pretty much first in.  With minimal clouds, and very people, I got to see and experience the magic of Machu Picchu for at least a few minutes of peace before the crowds started to fill the view. A powerful few moments.
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Stranded in Ollantaytambo

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Peru

Cusco and all surrounding area is on strike against the government. Protests here in Ollantaytambo where we are stranded. No trains to Machu Pichu, no taxis, roads are all quiet. Strike is today and tomorrow. Working on a way to get to Machu Pichu by the weekend.

A little bit about Ollantaytambo seeing as we’re here for awhile: Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru, about 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level. Ollantaytambo is in an area the Inca people once called the Sacred Valley and the archaeological site here (Parque Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo) is a marvel of architecture that once served as both a temple and a fortress. 

Because of the protests, we heard that the site was open early (7am) and would be closing at 8am so we grabbed our cameras and headed over. We got in (with our Cusco pass), and the doors were pretty much closed behind us. There were already a few people in the site, and throughout the morning people were being let in, but in small groups. We practically had the place to ourselves and usually there are 100s of tourists, so got many photos without any people in them. Spent about 3 hrs walking around, taking images, and just enjoying without the crowds.

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Best Ceviche Ever

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Countries, Peru

Preparing the best cebiche I’ve eaten, and cheap! In the Arequipa market.

Cebiche (also known as ceviche) is a fish dish that is prepared with fresh fish marinated in lime juice, lime, onions, chill peppers, cilantro, and sweet potato. Very tasty … and yes I know it has onions in it … I ate everything except them.

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Amazon Household Pets

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Countries, Peru

This week in the amazon we saw monkeys, reptile, tarantulas, birds, plants, insects, etc. My favourite two animal spottings were a sloth and an ocelot. Normally sloths hang out high in a tree, not moving too far. Two years, in a year of high amazon flooding, took up residence in the rafters of a local in one of the houses in the old village of Puerto Miguel. The owner brought the sloth down from the rafters and wrapped his arms around me. It was like holding a big stuffed animal … with a heartbeat and warm body.

The other was an ocelot. This beautiful cat is hanging out an empty lodge on the river.

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